Take up maths and science urges Minister

Pretoria: Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has encouraged pupils to take up maths and science and to work hard to reach their dreams.

Speaking at the handover of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) science lab handover at Thubalethu High School in the Eastern Cape, Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams urged pupils at the school to be dedicated and to use the science lab.

“It begins with hard work and dedication. I urge you to make use of these facilities; tap the knowledge of your teachers and make science, maths and technology part of your life,” she said on Friday.

She said South Africa needs young people who want to work hard and who want to make the nation stronger and better.

“The science lab that has been provided by the NYDA will go a long way towards making your dreams a reality. It will help the school to unearth the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians who will help to move South Africa forward,” she told pupils at the school.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams told the pupils that science and maths are subjects that can get them into any field.

“Believe me when I say maths and science gets you everywhere and every sector of our economy has been transformed by technology and there is no job where maths is not useful. For you to succeed in the modern world, you need maths and science and this message should resonate with you when choosing subjects of choice,” she explained.

She further expressed confidence that the science lab donated by the NYDA will assist learners in understanding science in a practical manner.

She said that this was alongside government’s Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) schools programme. ASIDI was established by the Department of Basic Education with the aim of eradicating backlogs in school infrastructure from previously disadvantaged communities. It further aims to upgrade the standard of schools.

“Learners, I urge you to make use of the new science lab. The world we live in is rapidly changing and science, maths and technology are at the forefront of this change. Programme such as this one are important because they support our objective of expanding access the world of maths and science.”

She also assured them that hard work will be rewarded adding that he country faces a skills shortage.

“Our country is facing a skills shortage and we need young people such as yourselves with technical skills to fill the skills gaps in our economy. The National Development Plan, our blueprint for a better tomorrow identifies the important role of science, technology and innovation in achieving the country’s longer-term vision.”

Helping to make this a reality is the Mathematics, Science and Technology conditional grant. The MST conditional grant has allocated funding of R347 million in 2015/16, R362 million in 2016/17 and R385 million in 2017/18 respectively.

The grant will provide support and resources to schools, teachers and learners for the improvement of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology teaching and learning at selected public schools.